Central Arizona DX Association
CADXA is the largest ham radio DX club in Arizona with over 140 members, many of whom are on the ARRL's DXCC Honor Roll. We have several members who have traveled to distant places to put "rare" countries on the air. We encourage any ham interested in DXing to join our club and learn about the many aspects of talking to hams around the globe who share this amazing hobby with us. Founded in 1974, we are an ARRL-affiliated club and a member club of the Amateur Radio Council of Arizona (ARCA).
Our April meeting will feature long time CADXA member Ray Benny, N6VR, talking about the Islands On The Air award program (IOTA). Islands On The Air is all about working stations that operate from the thousands of oceanic islands in the world. Ray has made the IOTA Honor Roll and DXpeditioned for IOTA among other high achievements in the program. Come and have a listen – you just might find IOTA to your liking. For more information about IOTA, go to https://www.iota-world.org/
The meeting will be on Thursday, April 4th, at the PERA Club (1 E. Continental Drive, Tempe). Join us for the informal social hour at 6:30 pm; the meeting will start at 7:00. Refreshments will be served at the break. Guests are always welcome. The new parking lot south of the PERA Club is the place to park for the meeting while building construction continues in the old parking lot.
Our March meeting featured an outstanding presentation on all things related to DXing from Chile in South America by Dr. Scott Wright, K0MD, who has travelled there over many years for work and DXing.
He introduced us to several of the local "Radio Aficionados" or "RAs" as they are known in Chile and explained how licensing is handled for visitors. Scott showed us the various hotels and homes where he has operated during his visits, often on contest weekends.
He joined us from his impressive home radio shack in Rochester, Minnesota. We used remote technology for the first time in a way that allowed members to attend the program virtually via “Zoom”. This technology will enable us to have speakers at future meetings from all over the country and even from around the world.
From DX Heat
Welcome to the following new members of CADXA:
Brian Hamerski, KF6HI; Ian Cassell, KZ7N; Fred Lindsey, WA7NRX; Joe Madonia, NO7A; Israel Vicente, K7HI; and Gary Hosler, W0AW.
March Meeting Recap
Have you joined the ARRL’s Logbook of the World (LOTW) yet? You probably should if you are active at all on HF or 6 meters. Here’s why: There is no simpler or cheaper way to get confirmations of your QSOs. If you like awards, you really need to “be there”. Even if you don’t think you are interested in awards, you may change your mind someday. And, in the meantime, it is free to join and free while you watch the award credits add up.
And, add up they do. I have hundreds of confirmations already in 2019. Places include Zimbabwe, Galapagos Islands, Andorra, and Vietnam. Similarly, on six meters last summer, I saw 49 of the 50 states show up in my LOTW reports. It’s even true that some stations will only do LOTW these days. So, it is an essential tool in the ham radio toolkit these days.
What are the downsides? Well, the signup procedure is a bit tedious. But, once you get past that, uploading your QSOs is easy and you only have to upload those QSOs you care most about if you are still using paper logs. Some complain about the cost when you apply for an award, but that’s just because you pay nothing until you apply for the award. If you get an LOTW confirmation you care about, toss a quarter in a piggy bank each time. Your piggy bank will pay for any award easily because cashing in an LOTW credit costs 12 cents, far less than getting QSL cards from any source, including the DX QSL “bureau” system. That’s still true even if you cash in an 80m QSO with Hawaii for both 5BWAS and DXCC.
How do you know whether the DX will upload to LOTW? Well, if their entry on QRZ.COM says they do, it’s about 95 per cent sure. You can also do a “Find Call” search on the LOTW website to see if (and when) a station uploaded. If they say they participate, wait six months for their upload (some participants only upload quarterly or annually). There’s even no harm done in waiting a few months to see if you get an LOTW match, even if the DX doesn’t admit to participating. It makes participating in awards-based activities much cheaper. It is also reliable – if LOTW gives you the match, it will be accepted for awards.
Announced DX Operations
Courtesy of The Daily DX™
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